August 2, 2005
By: Keisha Grant
This is the last thing you want to hear when you're trying to sleep at night., and it was enough to drive this husband and wife apart.
He was waking up exhausted. Besides snoring, Ted Dombrowski suffers from mild sleep apnea, a highly underdiagnosed condition that causes you to stop breathing sporadically throughout the night. If left untreated, it can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.
But there's a new FDA approved procedure to stop mild to moderate sleep apnea and snoring. It's called the pillar procedure.
Three tiny pillars are placed in the back of the throat. They work as a support for tissue that stretches and relaxes when you're asleep.
In the past a painful surgery was the only option. The pillar procedure's done right in the office and only takes a matter of minutes to perform.
Now Ted Dombrowski says he's 80 percent cured. As a result he has more energy to work on projects around the house, and his wife has come back to bed.
The pillar procedure is 80 to 90 percent effective at treating snoring and it works 50 to 60 percent of the time with sleep apnea. It's being done nationwide.